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Suffering Together

FAITH BOOSTER:

Suffering Together[Sept.16,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.1 Corinthians 12:26

Also Read 1 Corinthians 12:14–26(NIV)

In 2013, seventy-year-old James McConnell, a British Royal Marine veteran, died. McConnell had no family, and staff from his nursing home feared no one would attend his funeral. A man tapped to officiate McConnell’s memorial service posted a Facebook message: “In this day and age it is tragic enough that anyone has to leave this world with no one to mourn their passing, but this man was family. . . . If you can make it to the graveside . . . to pay your respects to a former brother in arms, then please try to be there.” Two hundred Royal Marines packed the pews!

These British compatriots exhibited a biblical truth: we’re tied to one another. “The body is not made up of one part, but of many,” Paul says (1 Corinthians 12:14). We’re not isolated. Just the opposite: we’re bound in Jesus. Scripture reveals organic interconnection: “If one member suffers, all the members suffer” (v. 26 nasb). As believers in Jesus, members of God’s new family, we move toward one another into the pain, into the sorrow, into those murky places where we would fear to go alone. But thankfully we do not go alone.

Perhaps the worst part of suffering is when we feel we’re drowning in the dark all by ourselves. God, however, creates a new community that suffers together. A new community where no one should be left in the dark.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you felt most alone?
  • How does God’s grace, kindness, and friendship help you deal with loneliness?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Is it true, God? Have You really placed me in a new community that knows and loves me in my suffering? Help me to believe this. 

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Talking Tables

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Talking Tables[May 24,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. (Acts 2:46)

Also Read Acts 2:42–47

Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gender—feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connection between people. Those looking for human interaction simply seat themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.

The people of the early church were committed to shared connection too. Without each other, they would likely have felt very alone in the practice of their faith, which was still new to the world. Not only did they “[devote] themselves to the apostles’ teaching” to learn what following Jesus meant, they also “[met] together in the temple courts” and “broke bread in their homes” for mutual encouragement and fellowship (Acts 2:4246).

We need human connection; God designed us that way! Painful seasons of loneliness point to that need. Like the people of the early church, it’s important for us to engage in the human companionship our well-being requires and to offer it to those around us who also need it.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How can you intentionally connect with someone today?
  • How might you be overlooking opportunities for friendship?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Help us, God, to seek connection for our sake and that of others!

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-Witness Ministries-

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Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta